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Chelsea’s young striker, Patrick Bamford has recently been linked with a variety of Premier League clubs looking for a loan move for the 22 year-old striker, but how good is he?

The Blues forward signed from Nottingham Forrest in January 2012, having only made two substitute appearances. But the Chelsea scouts saw enough in him at youth level to take a gamble on the then 18 year-old.

Bamford then spent the rest of the 2011/12 season in the Chelsea youth team and was ready for a loan switch to MK Dons when the opportunity arose the following season. Bamford spent just over a year there scoring 18 goals in 37 League One appearances.

The youngster impressed and his loan spell was ended in January 2014 for him to take the step up and move to Championship side Derby County for the remainder of the season in which he scored 8 goals in 14 starts. This prompted a battle for Bamford’s services within the Championship the following season with then boss Jose Mourinho electing to send him on loan to one of his old coaches Aitor Karanka at Middlesborough. Bamford excelled on loan at The Riverside scoring 17 goals in just 32 starts taking Boro to Wembly and the Play-off final, which they would eventually lose to Norwich. Bamford claimed the Championship player of the year that season and was touted for great things on his return to Chelsea.

Mourinho still didn’t quite believe Bamford could make an impact at Chelsea just yet and sent the forward out on loan, to his biggest test yet, Premier League side Crystal Palace. In which the test was a bit too much. The youngster cut short his loan spell earlier this month due to a lack of playing time, in which he only made 6 substitute appearances for The Eagles.

Chelsea will hope that Bamford is taken on by another Premier League club in order for him to show his potential in the Premier League. It’s all there for Bamford, he needs to take his chance in the Premier League and prove to the Chelsea hierarchy that he can make it in the first-team.


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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry reacted to his former team’s defeat to Chelsea.

The Gunners relinquished top spot, dropping to third place, with Leicester capitalising, the Foxes now lead with 47 points while Arsenal have 44, the same of Manchester City that occupy second spot due to goal difference.

According to Henry, this game will have a huge impact in the title race:

There’s always an expectation when Arsenal play Chelsea… are they going to finally beat them?” said the ex Gunners striker that now is a Sky Sports pundit.

“Again, it’s Diego Costa and Chelsea having the last laugh.

“It’s difficult to point to things after the sending off but they didn’t start the game well enough to be able to be on top of it.

“So are we going to talk about the same thing? Is it going to have a massive impact on the title? Yes, in a way. But on the other side, no one is really capitalising on taking advantage of mistakes from other teams.

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Chelsea captain John Terry can end his adventure with the Blues at the end of the season © Francesca Ceciarini

After the win against Arsenal at the Emirates Chelsea captain John Terry is still confident the team can reach the fourth spot, the last one that allows play the Champions League next year:

I think anything is [doable],” he said to Sky Sports.

“The results, everyone is beating everyone. There are surprises every week still. It’s a tough league this year. 

“If we can put a good run of games together and continue playing like we have done and continue showing the fighting spirit, we’ve got a good chance. We’re not writing anything off. We’ll keep fighting in the league until there are no points to play for.”


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Chelsea managed to maintain their unbeaten record under Guus Hiddink with a London derby win at the Emirates. After a lively opening 15 minutes in which Chelsea looked largely on top without any real clear chances. Until the 18th minute when Willian played a delightful through ball for Diego Costa to latch on to, only for Per Mertesacker to slide in and catch Costa. And deemed as last man, Mark Clattenburg had no choice but to show him the red card.

In a more advanced role Cesc Fabregas pulled the strings from midfield making a big influence on the whole of the first half, and just 5 minutes after the Mertesacker sending off the Chelsea pressure told. With the ball falling to Ivanovic wide right, he whips the ball across goal for Costa to place it past former Blue Petr Cech. Costa soon after had another great chance in the first half but couldn’t get the better of Cech for the second time. This was closely followed by an Ivanovic header that was cleared off the line.

The second half proved largely cagey, with no clear cut chances. Whilst Arsenal battled back into the game and the entrance of Alexis Sanchez really spurred on the home side with his burst of pace from the midfield which caused a few edgy moments in the Chelsea box. Although Cesc Fabregas had a huge penalty shout turned down when he was barged aside by Laurent Koscielny.

But the Blues held on for a well deserved victory over their London rivals and puts them in a good position moving forward, while still searching for that vital top four spot.


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The Official Chelsea vs Arsenal Line Ups are as follows:


CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta, Mikel, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Diego Costa


SUBS: Begovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Hazard, Remy


MANAGER: Guus Hiddink


ARSENAL: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker (c), Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Campbell, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud


SUBS: Ospina, Gabriel, Gibbs, Chambers, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez


MANAGER: Arsene Wenger


REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg

VENUE: Emirates Stadium


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Arsene Wenger doesn’t underestimate Chelsea despite the 19 points gap in the table, where the Gunners are on top with Leicester and Chelsea 14th, just 5 points above the relegation zone:

If you are looking purely at the mathematics [they could] but the team has too much potential,” the Arsenal manager said.

“Nobody can predict this. The confidence can go quickly and for them the bad luck is that the league is more difficult for everybody. Once you lack a bit of confidence it can happen to anyone.

“The lack of confidence is linked with one or two unexpected bad results. The confidence in our job goes quickly, maybe quicker than ever because the pressure from the environment and the media is bigger than ever so you suffer a bit quicker than before.

“They are not in this title race but [look at] the quality of their team. I think this season there have been exceptional circumstances for them and they will be back – I consider them direct rivals.”

Wenger won’t find anymore his “enemy” José Mourinho in the opposite dugout on Sunday, since the Portuguese was replaced by Guus Hiddink:

“It will be an intense game, as usual what you get in the Premier League,” he said. “Overall I think, because of the quality of the players on the pitch and because of what is at stake for both teams, it will be a very intense battle, no matter who sits on the bench.

“I rate [Hiddink] highly as a very strong manager with an exceptional career. He alternated between club and country but he’s one of the leading managers who represented the Dutch philosophy and exported it across Europe.”


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Mauricio Pochettino post match reaction after the game with Chelsea at White Hart Lane:

About the game:

No, not really happy. We’re a bit disappointed. We deserved more than we got.

“We created enough chances to score. We shot four times on target, and three or four more off target.

“They had one shot on target, in the second half for Hazard. We deserved more in a very difficult game.”

“We played the defending champions and it is good that you get the feeling that Chelsea was a small team and Tottenham feel they can win every game.

“It’s not easy. We are one of the younger teams in the Premier League.

“We need to keep working hard because there’s only been 14 games and today it’s too early to talk about the end of the season.

“Chelsea played one of their best games of the season, and I think that when you make the effort we showed today – and the maturity – you have to be happy with the players.”



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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Eden Hazard spoke to BT after the draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane:

“It’s always difficult to play here, last season we lost 5-3 we tried to get a revenge but I think anyway is a good result ( the draw).

“Lloris made a beatuful save on me, if I score there it’s 1-0 and we probably win the game

“Our target: we try to win game after game, we won against Norwich, we hope to win next week at home with Bournemouth. We want to finish in the top four but we know is difficult.”

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White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur published a statement on their website urging the fans going to White Hart Lane on Sunday for the clash against Chelsea to arrive earlier at the stadium for heightened security.

The club will open the gates of WHL at 9.30 am, three hours before the kick-off.

The statement read:

Those supporters who arrived close to kick off [for the West Ham fixture] experienced extended queues due to these additional checks with some unfortunately missing the start of the game as a result.

Security WILL NOT be reduced or compromised in the event of queues forming to clear security and kick off will not be delayed as a result of this.

We should therefore like to remind fans once again that it is important to plan their journey for an earlier than normal arrival time.



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